Pochettino delivers Alderweireld fitness update ahead of Tottenham v Swansea
By Harry Sykes
Toby Alderweireld is in contention to make his long-awaited Tottenham comeback in Saturday’s Premier League clash against Swansea.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino will give the Belgium international as long as possible to prove his fitness for the Saturday afternoon kick-off as Spurs aim to get their season back on track.
The key centre-back has missed Tottenham’s last nine matches with a knee injury sustained in their 1-1 draw against West Brom last month.
Spurs have lost ground in the title race during Alderweireld’s absence and also were eliminated from the Champions League.
But Pochettino has delivered an encouraging fitness update as he explained that the 27-year-old is in the running to feature at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
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“Toby Alderweireld was involved during the week in the training sessions,” Pochettino said on Friday, as quoted by the official Tottenham website. “We are very happy with his evolution but it’s still a small thing that we are not sure about and we need to assess tomorrow if he can be available.
“It’s the same problem – the injury he got against West Brom. His evolution is very good, now he’s been involved in training during the week but still he feels that it’s not 100 per cent. But we’ll see tomorrow.”
Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League ahead of the weekend fixtures, although their defeat to bitter rivals Chelsea last Saturday means they are seven points behind the leaders.
Since Alderweireld began his spell on the sidelines, Pochettino’s side have won just once in nine matches and have been far more vulnerable at the back.
Eric Dier has dropped back from midfield to partner Jan Vertonghen in central defence but Spurs have lost their air of impregnability without the all-Belgian combination.
Alderweireld is expected to be fast-tracked back into the Spurs starting XI if he is deemed fit to face Swansea.
In other Tottenham team news, Alan Shearer has criticised four of the club’s players for their impact.